History & Mission

The May Center for Health, Fitness & Sport is committed to providing the best available programs and facilities to maintain health through all ages of life.

Our programs are designed to promote the essential aspects of well-being—with emphasis on exercise, healthful living and nutrition as well as strategies to prepare for and confront challenges and medical transitions such as cardiac rehabilitation and menopause.

The inextricable links between body, mind and spirit are at the cornerstone of 92Y's heritage. 92Y has had a gymnasium since its founding and was ahead of its time, over a century ago, in providing a medical doctor who examined members before they were allowed to exercise. In 1930, the current 92nd Street Y building was opened with two gymnasiums and a 25-yard indoor pool. It was one of the largest and best equipped New York gym facilities of its time. The Health Club, officially established in 1959, continues the 92Y tradition of providing facilities and developing progressive programs that respond to community health interests and needs. In 1975, for example, 92Y began a Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, one of the country's longest-running programs in this area.

In the last 10 years, the May Center has grown dramatically to serve nearly 30,000 people a year as the Center's facilities have evolved to keep pace with the competitive fitness industry. Unlike any other health club, however, the center's emphasis on health care and disease prevention and partnerships with leading New York hospitals create values that extend far beyond treadmills and swimming pools.

Through health and wellness programs, as well as our ongoing fitness classes and facilities, the May Center strives to be an all-inclusive center where people of all ages and with varying levels of fitness can come to improve their well-being.


Mission Statement


To provide comprehensive, professionally developed and supervised health-related, lifetime fitness activities in a supportive environment. To provide adults, children and special populations with opportunities for education, health and fitness assessment programs, recreation, competitive sports and aquatic activities.


  • To provide a comprehensive program of recreation, fitness conditioning, competitive sports and education
  • To be a leader in the development of approaches to youth fitness programming
  • To respond to new developments in fitness programming and technology
  • To maintain the ability to develop the exceptional athlete
  • To develop and maintain a comprehensive aquatics program including adaptive programs for special populations
  • To continually develop the various aspects of 92Y's health and fitness counseling and training programs including those serving at-risk groups such as the CDIC and the osteoporosis prevention program.

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